COTA NSW has presented gift vouchers worth $1000 to community groups and individuals who participated in research and education initiatives aimed to improve the lives of older men. Blackheath Area Men’s Shed (BAMS) won the draw for community groups booking peer education sessions.
Peter McNeil from BAMS said that their prize would be put to use to build a new roof over their outside work space. “We are putting it together with some funds that we have raised to buy materials; we have the skills in the group to fix the roof ourselves, as a little project. It will make a real difference on those cold winter days we get up here.”
Nepean Ulysses Club were pulled out of the hat for community groups working with men aged 50 – 65. Anoop Sud of Stanhope Gardens was the lucky recipient of the individual prize for men aged 50 – 65, simply for completing our Community Connections survey.
Information gained from the research will go towards the development of resources aimed at facilitating better connections to the community for men aged 50 – 65. Research has shown that community connectedness has many benefits for the health and wellbeing of older men, including less dependence on health and community services, improved capacity to successfully navigate major life transitions (such as retirement) and greater resilience to cope with stressors having a negative impact on health and wellbeing.
For more information about this or any other aspect of the Mate to Mate project contact Jane Bringolf on 02 9286 3868.